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SEP 2018

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September 2018 / Security Dealer & Integrator 49 themselves or others in a room with a secondary locking device, this can elevate a problem into a major issue. Some community groups and school districts have found the budget to invest in these types of locking devices, only to be told later that local or state fire marshals would not sign off on the modification. Worse yet, there may be locations where secondary locks are being installed against code and with- out research into better options. e quick reaction to find a solu- tion, purchase and install the product is done with the best of intentions, and to be fair, the sentiment is absolutely correct – protecting schools with robust locking options is a good idea. e way to do this, however, is to take action rather than give in to reaction. For schools, this means doing the right research and finding the right partners. For security integrators, it should mean forming partnerships with local school districts to let them know not only of the concerns and dangers behind these secondary lock- ing devices, but also that there are more appropriate solutions available. Compliant Products To ensure safety and security in a sce- nario where an intruder has entered a building, keeping doors shut is the correct instinct – and there are ways to achieve it without violating code. e first step is to ensure locks remain latched during an assault on the door. Because fire code stipulates how doors must be locked and unlocked, the goal should be to find a manu- facturer who can prove that the lock – and the other door hardware – has been tested to withstand a sustained assault with hand tools and with a variety of firearms. is same advice should be followed with the type of door and glass inserts provided – ensure they can withstand both the day-to-day wear and tear of the school environment as well as repel a physical attack. e most robust opening solutions – which include the door, hinges, locks and other hardware as a single pack- age – should be able to comply with the 5-aa10 test standards based on the FBI's Active Shooter Report. ese standards require an open- ing to withstand an intense simulated attack that includes: • 30 shots of 7.62 mm ammunition fired at the glass in door; • 30 shots of 7.62 mm ammunition fired at the glass sidelight; Request information:

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